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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

Speakers

Tim Cook
CEO of Apple Inc.
KQED 09/16/2014
Cook: I think it's a tough balance, and i don't think that the country or the government found the right balance. i think they erred too much on the collect everything side and i think the president and the administration is committed to moving that pendulum back. However, you don't want -- it's probably not right to not do anything, and, so, i think it's a careful line to walk. you want to make sure you're protecting the American people, but there's no reason to collect information on you or 99.99% of other people.
Tim Cook
CEO of Apple Inc.
KQED 09/16/2014
Cook: We try not to collect data. So we're not reading your email. We're not reading your imessage. If the government laid a subpoena on us to get your imessages, we can't provide it. It's encrypted and we don't have the key. So it's sort of the door is closed. But our business, Charlie, is based on selling these. Our business is not based on having information about you. You're not our product. Our products are these, and this watch, and macs and so forth. So we run a very different company. I think everyone has to ask, how do companies make their money? Follow the money.
Tim Cook
CEO of Apple Inc.
KQED 09/16/2014
Cook: If they're making money mainly by collecting gobs of personal data, I think you have a right to be worried, and you should really understand what's happening to that data and the companies, I think, should be very transparent about it. from our point of view, you can see what we're doing on the credit card thing -- we don't want it. We're not in that business. I'm offended by lots of it. So, you know, I think people have a right to privacy. So I think that's going to be a very key topic over the next year or so, and we'll reach higher and higher levels of urgency as more and more incidents happen.
Tim Cook
CEO of Apple Inc.
KQED 09/16/2014
Cook: For us on the Snowden thing, we wanted tore instantly transparent because rumors were written in the press that people backdoored our servers. None of that is true. Zero. We would never allow that to happen. They would have to cart us out in a box before we would do that. If we ever get information -- and we finally got agreement from the national government to release how many times we had national security requests on Apple and it's between 0 and 250 that's the lowest number you can quote, 0 to 250. Rose: Could have been 1 or it could have been 249 Cook: Correct. So you can tell we have hundreds of millions of customers, so it's a very rare instance there has been any data asked.
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